Abstract Flower Mural
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I applied an abstract color treatment to a realistic flower to come up with this Abstract Flower Mural. NOTE: I used my favorite Portfolio brand oil pastels in my sample. PDF FILE … Read More

Abstract Cat Drawing
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This cat project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch, who sadly passed away recently. She had a wonderful style of drawing abstract cats with large eyes that always met … Read More

Mini Abstract Murals #1
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My Mini Abstract Mural Set #1 includes a smaller version of the original Matisse, Delaunay and Op Art Murals. NOTE: I used my favorite Portfolio brand oil pastels in my sample. PDF … Read More

Mini Abstract Murals #2
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I’ve created smaller versions of three of my Americana murals: The Statue of Liberty, USA Map and USA Flag. My Mini Murals are great for smaller groups, ambitious individuals or family fun. … Read More

Abstract Art Cat
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Turn a simple drawing into an Abstract Art Cat by just dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. Neat coloring is called for, as even a little bit scribbling will … Read More

Abstract Grid Tree
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The abstraction of this Circle Grid Tree is easy if you start with a printed guide. If anyone knows who first thought of this abstract pattern, I’d love to know. The simplicity … Read More

Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. … Read More

Abstract Face
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Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial
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Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera … Read More

Abstract Snowman
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Here’s an abstract snowman card idea that just uses markers and white circles cut from a hole punch. Make your templates once, and you could start a production line of homemade holiday … Read More

Abstract Watercolor Tree
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This abstract watercolor tree project will help students just concentrate on keeping paint inside simple shapes. If they start with some cardboard triangles to arrange and trace as desired, it will keep … Read More

Abstract Still Life
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This project is good for learning about overlapping shapes. 1. Older students can draw these four shapes: coffee cup, goblet, bowl and plate, overlapping in any way they wish. Younger students, like … Read More

Abstract Winter Tree
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A simple illustration I came across in a website inspired this project. 1. Give out 2 different sizes of narrow triangle cardboard templates, and ask have students draw 3 triangles (trees) across … Read More

Abstract Rooster
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This geometric approach to making a rooster worked well for a collage, so I recycled the idea for a painting. The half circle, square and triangles make it easy for young artists, … Read More

Frank Stella Abstract Drawing
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Frank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be flat. In the 1960s he created some paintings titled the “Protractor Series” which you … Read More

Abstract Numbers
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Charles DeMuth was an American artist who lived in the early 1900’s, famous for his abstract paintings. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Ruler • Black marker • Crayola Color Sticks or crayons … Read More

Zach’s Abstract Cats
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This cat drawing project was inspired by a “Jazzy Cat” painting in the AliceinParis Etsy Shop. I love the simple white cats with the super colorful background. MATERIALS • Finger paint paper … Read More

Abstract Fish Drawing
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One art concept even young students can embrace is the idea of making an abstract work of art. I like to describe it as coloring just for fun, and not worrying if … Read More

Abstract Flower Drawing
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This is a little twist on a dissecting technique. If you shade the corners of each shape you make, you get a softer and more sophisticated abstraction.  MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Ruler … Read More

Abstract Tree
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This abstract tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill in, … Read More

Abstract Snowman Card
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Here’s an abstract snowman card idea that just uses markers and white circles cut from a hole punch. Make your templates once, and you could start a production line of homemade holiday … Read More

Abstract Tree Silhouette
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This abstract tree silhouette project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill … Read More

Abstract Art Cat
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Turn a simple drawing into an abstract art by dividing the page into quarters, and changing colors accordingly. Carefully coloring is called for as even a little bit scribbling will take away … Read More

Frank Stella Abstract Drawing
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Frank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be flat. In the 1960s he created some paintings titled the “Protractor Series” which you … Read More

Abstract Numbers by DeMuth
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Charles DeMuth was an American artist who lived in the early 1900’s, and became famous for his abstract paintings. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Ruler • Black marker • Crayola Color Sticks … Read More

Abstract Watercolor Still Life
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Try this abstract watercolor still life when you want young artists to learn about overlapping shapes. If they paint the intersections different colors, they are bound to end up with a really … Read More

Op Art
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Op Art is a math-themed form of abstract art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create optical effects. MATERIALS Drawing paper Pencil crayons DIRECTIONS The students make a dot … Read More

Kandinsky Tree
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If you combine the idea of rings of color with a tree, you get a Kandinsky tree collage. Try to have the students make as much variation as possible – some thin, … Read More

Klee Castle
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Paul Klee was one of the great colorists in the history of painting. I developed this project that imitates his abstract “Castle and Sun” painting by having students trace cardboard shapes and fill them … Read More

Chalk Pastel and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue
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Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Paul Klee Castle
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Paul Klee was one of the great colorists in the history of painting. I developed this project that imitates his abstract “Castle and Sun” painting by having students trace cardboard shapes and fill them … Read More

Kandinsky Circles
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My Kandinsky Circles collaborative art project is great for schools and any group that wants to create something special by working together. Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist from the late 1800s, was … Read More

Watercolor Still Life
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Try this abstract watercolor still life when you want young artists to learn about overlapping shapes. If they paint the intersections different colors, they are bound to end up with a really … Read More

Protractor Art
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Frank Stella is an American painter who fully embraced the idea that sometimes a painting can just be flat. In the 1960s he created some paintings titled the “Protractor Series” which you … Read More

Drawing Faces and Places
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Here are 25 more drawing tutorials in my fourth step-by-step Drawing Book. Included are 14 faces and 11 places to draw, including that of a Portrait of a Girl, Portrait of a … Read More

Patterned Cat in Crayon
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This project was inspired by a talented artist named Laurel Burch. She developed an abstract style of painting cats that is really fun to imitate. She often just drew the outside shape … Read More

Kandinsky Circles with Oil Pastels
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Kandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s. His “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun and easy painting to imitate. Encourage students to lay in on thick, so … Read More

Negative Space Tree
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This negative space tree project can really look like stained glass if you use really bright colors. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft oil pastels to fill … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing, Kandinsky Style
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Here’s a maple leaf drawing idea that uses colors, Kandinsky-style. Kandinsky was one of the first artists to make abstract paintings that celebrated ideas as simple as rings of color. I followed … Read More

Circle Grid Tree
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This circle grid tree idea has been all over Pinterest for awhile, if anyone knows who first thought of this abstract pattern, I’d love to know. The simplicity of it is just … Read More

Dissected Flower Drawing
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This is a little twist on the dissecting and coloring technique. If at the end you shade the corners of each shape you make, you get a softer and more sophisticated abstraction. … Read More

Black Chalk Paper
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Here is how I make my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m … Read More

Sonia Delaunay Circles
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My goal for this Sonia Delaunay Circle project was to have the students learn that if they used repeating shapes and colors in their art, they could create a very rhythmic picture. … Read More

Draw a Rooster
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My afterschool students have drawn an abstract rooster before, but not one that is a little more realistic. I made this tutorial to break down the steps for them. • View and … Read More

Flowers and Lines
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My biggest goal for my art journal classes is to have kids embrace the loose, accidental art that can happen when you let yourself just create. Fourth and 5th graders especially tend … Read More

Favorite Sharpie Marker Art Projects
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Today’s kids are fortunate to have SO many choices when it comes to art supplies. One that I would not do without are Sharpie markers, because they make such vivid colors on … Read More

Reindeer
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Ever hear of Flat Stanley? Well, here’s a flat reindeer for your kids to draw. I’ve always thought the real ones are pretty tricky to draw, so my solution is to go … Read More

Color Stick Landscape
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This abstract landscape was drawn with Elmer’s glue on black cardstock paper, and later filled in with Crayola Color Sticks. I promise this is not a paid endorsement, I just wanted to … Read More

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